healthy living

Let’s Get Back on Track, Jack!

If there is anything I’ve learned in the past few years about a healthy lifestyle, it’s that you have to continually and constantly work at it. Yes, there are going to be times when you have a bad weekend or a bad week or a bad few weeks and that’s ok.

Why is it that it’s SOO easy to put on the pounds and it can be so hard to get them off!? It’s so annoying. This past weekend, I had so much fun in Conway, S.C. with my family but let me tell you, I ATE and ATE! Stepping on the scale Monday morning, I about had a heart attack. That’s one golden rule about the scale, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, step on it the day after a binge weekend. It will make you go insane. I stepped on and off the scale about 20 million times thinking the number would somehow magically go down, but it didn’t (DUH).

After you royally mess up on your eating, just remember, one weekend is not going to affect you THAT MUCH. It takes work though and it’s a complete balancing act and losing weight takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight. That’s one thing that I have always had the most trouble with. I will work out reaaalllly hard and then step on the scale and think “well nothing happened “. Well, like I said, it’s not going to happen overnight.  Nothing worth doing ever comes easy. It takes failing and picking yourself back up and starting over and over again.

6 way to get back on track:

  1. Tracking- write down everything you eat and I mean everything. (Yes, even those 3 M&M’s you had after lunch. Did you know to burn off 1 M & M, you have to walk the length of a football field? Wow.)
  2. Buddy Up- Grab a friend and go. Go on a run, go on a walk, or go to the gym. Keep each other accountable. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Brian and I are meeting my Dad and my aunt Angela at the gym at 6 am and if it weren’t for knowing they are there expecting me, I would NOT be there. They keep me motivated to get there.
  3. Sign up for a run, ski trip or a triathlon- Just something to keep working towards. I’ve got something in the works with some of my best girls and I am SO excited to get our training plan started.
  4. Buy some new exercise clothing- nothing gets me more pumped up for some exercise than some new workout clothes.  ( Check out my ideal outfit below)
  5. Goal setting- set some new goals and stick with them. I like short term goals and have been trying to stick with my weekly goals. Short term turns into long term. It’s good to look at the big picture as well, so jot down where you want to be in 6 months and then in one year.
  6. Drink A LOT (No not alcohol lol ) They always say to drink half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day. Green Tea is also great because it fills you up but also increases your metabolism.


Skinny Chicken Salad


One of my FAVORITE things to eat is chicken salad. I could sit there and eat it for every meal. One of my most loved brands of chicken salad is from COSTCO. It’s called Cape Cod Chicken Salad. I seriously dream about this BUT when I saw that it has 22 grams of fat in it for 2/3 of a cup, my heart sank a little bit. I’m not saying I won’t indulge in this every once in a while because like I said I’m utterly obsessed with it. Everything is ok in moderation, right?chicken

I have been dying to figure out ways to recreate my favorite chicken salad and while it’s not EXACTLY the same, it’s just as yummy and A LOT better on the waistline.

 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 & ½  boiled skinless, boneless chicken breasts – Simply cut the chicken up in little cubes or shred it.
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped ( feel free to use 2 stalks, I’m just not a huge fan of celery)
  • ¼ Cup red onion, chopped
  • 2/3  cup red seedless grapes, quartered
  • ½  cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ Cup of unsalted pecans
  • 1 ½  tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp  ground black pepper
  •  sea salt to taste
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds ( optional)

Here’s what you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Let sit for at least a couple of hours before indulging. It taste better after sitting for a little while. Enjoy!

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Insecurity is the Ugly One, NOT You!

Without a doubt, I know that the saying “you are your worst critic” rings true. At least it does in my life. One of my biggest flaws is that I don’t have enough confidence in myself. Trust me, I’ve gotten A LOT better. I know for a fact that a lot of women AND men deal with insecurity in their lives, ehether it be in their personal or professional lives or both.

The truth is… you must remember that insecurity is the ugly one, NOT you! I love the quote by Steve Furtick, “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reels.” Stop comparing yourself to others! We all have different strengths and weaknesses and we all are beautiful in our own ways. You are not ordinary but I must tell you that you ARE one of a kind!photo

10 Ways to become more confident:

  1. Learn something new.
  2. Tell yourself how great you are. ( look in the mirror and say, “Good Morning Beautiful”)
  3. Hang around people who build you up, not bring you down.
  4. Be positive!
  5. Fake it till you make it– smile even if you don’t feel like it.
  6. Learn to take a compliment.
  7. Know your strengths and get stronger at them.
  8. Exercise and eat right.
  9. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  10. Go shopping. It’s no secret that you feel better about yourself when you feel like you’re looking good!

This song always makes me feel happy:



Overnight Oats

This weekend I’m hopefully saying “Yes to the dress” and in a couple of weeks, Brian and I will be having our engagement shots done! We are so excited! With all of these exciting times ahead, I am trying (of course) to get a little slimmer. Right now , i’m on the eating clean bandwagon. I’m limiting the number of processed foods in my diet. We will see how that goes!

I’ve  admired Lauren Conrad since back in the good ole days of the reality TV show, Laguna Beach. I still like to follow her on pinterest and look at her website.  I think she has great style and I love seeing her different looks.  She also  gives some great fitness and healthy living advice on her website .  I think that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I’ve been trying to figure out new healthier things to eat! “Overnight Oats” is a concoction LC eats and I tried them out today! They were fantastic. I normally start to get realllly hungry right at about 10 am but this meal kept me fuller for a little bit longer!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup milk {or milk of your choice, I used Skim but you can also use almond milk}
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla {or plain} Greek yogurt {I used non-fat}
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. The night before you plan to eat your oats, mix together all of the ingredients listed above and seal in an airtight container.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture overnight {they will be ready in about 3 hours, but overnight is best}.
  3. Enjoy when you wake up with a fresh cup of coffee!

I topped my mine with a little bit of brown sugar, strawberries and chia seeds. By the way, if you didn’t know, chia seeds have a lot of health benefits such as helping with weightloss, reducing blood pressure, helps you feel full faster, and has tons of omega-3 ( even more than salmon!) Click HERE for more information on those tiny wonder seeds.

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Happy Monday my loves!


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